A virus is essentially an information system (encoded in DNA or RNA) surrounded by a protective coat.
Humans have a deep history of viral infections, the evidence for which dates back to ancient DNA from Egyptian mummies.
You couldn’t enjoy cheese like this without the intervention of micro-organisms.
Many of us shirk at the thought of bacteria or fungus in our food, but without them, we wouldn't have many of our favourite foods.
No, not that kind of lime: the disease is named after a town in the US where the disease was first recognised.
The debate about Lyme disease and its presence in Australia has occupied media headlines and the minds of scientists and health professionals for over three decades.
They might look like an alien species, but these bacteria-eating viruses could be the next big thing in the fight against infectious diseases.
The virus that could cure antibiotic resistant infections.
Many of us spend our working lives in offices - but few of us are familiar with the other life forms that share our desks.
How microbes are the key ingredients when it comes to concocting a gourmet menu.
Virus spreading machines.
When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, how you dry your hands can be just as important as how you wash them.
A researcher looking at E.coli bacteria strain at the Institute of Food Safety, Animal Health and Environment in Latvia.
What is the difference between these pathogens, and how dangerous are they?
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Using light to manipulate cells is leading to some startling findings.
This attractive specimen, collected from a doorknob in New York, loved being in space.
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One common terrestrial bacterium has been found to grow in the microgravity of the International Space Station than on Earth, although it remains a mystery why.
Antibiotics can help, but at lower doses and shorter durations than doctors tend to prescribe.
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While antibiotics can kill the bacteria associated with acne, it's their anti-inflammatory effects, not their antimicrobial effects, that yield the biggest skin-clearing benefits.
Scientists have discovered the first easy-to-grow bacteria that can break down plastics.
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There are demands for older children to get the MenB vaccine – but what is the thinking behind the current guidance?
Using whole, unprocessed vegetables and washing them thoroughly will reduce risk of food poisoning.
Illness from prepackaged salads isn't uncommon. So how do we protect ourselves from illness when eating salads?
Bloodletting was treatment for infection in the past.
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While some ancient therapies proved effective enough that they are still used in some form today, on the whole they just aren't as good as modern antimicrobials at treating infections.
One dip and done.
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Should you double-dip? A food scientist explains what's lurking in the depths of your salsa.
Microbes can act as canaries in the coalmine for ocean pollutants such as sewage.
There are more bacteria in the ocean than stars in the known universe. New genetic techniques are letting us use microbes as early warning systems for oceans in trouble from pollution and other stresses.
I’m not coming in. I might catch something.
New research shows that bacteria is thriving on the ISS. But is that really such a bad thing?
Early necrotising fasciitis is easily missed because the symptoms – fever, pain, swelling and tenderness at the affected site – may be non-specific or confused with a mild, superficial infection.
Necrotising fasciitis is a serious infection that affects the soft tissue.
When did you wash that?
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There is no harm in avoiding white coats, but there could be danger in wearing one.